Supporters are divided on whether manager Arsene Wenger should stay but this is only swaying in one direction after the thrashing handed out by Bayern Munich
Arsenal were humiliated 5-1 in the Champions League last night and their wait for another Premier League title is set to continue. With Wenger himself yet to decide on a two year extension to his contract, there has been plenty of speculation on potential candidates to replace him. Here are three of the favourites:-
On his way to a third successive Serie A win with Juventus, Allegri has proved his title chasing credentials. He replaced Antonio Conte in 2014 and guided Juventus to the Champions League final for the first time in 12 years after a 3-2 win on aggregate against Real Madrid in the semi-final, although they lost 3-1 in the final against Barcelona. He also achieved domestic success in the Coppa Italia, winning the tournament in 2015. This was the first time Juve had lift the trophy since 1995 and he repeated the feat the following season for a record 11th time for the club. He has plenty of high level experience and has proven he can manage top players. Crucially he has proven he can do it at other clubs having led AC Milan to the Scudetto in 2011
2017 hasn’t been going well for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth, but it wasn’t too long ago it was rumoured that the 39-year-old was being considered as the new England manager. Howe took over as permanent manager of Bournemouth in 2009 and guided them to promotion to League One at the end of the season. He had a brief spell as Burnley boss before returning to the Cherries in 2012 and has taken them all the way to the Premier League. He’s been praised for his team’s bold and more attractive style of play and is already well versed in English football. Although he hasn’t the experience of managing a big club like Arsenal, his passing/pressing football ethos would be popular with the Emirates faithful.
Vieira made 279 appearances for Arsenal between 1996 and 2005 and finished his playing career with Manchester City before becoming their reverse team and Elite Development manger in 2013. In January last year he took the head coaching job at New York City FC and led them to their first ever play-off appearance after a 2nd place finish in the Eastern Conference. He had big names like Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo in his squad but Vieira is one of the least experienced managers whose name has been linked with Arsenal. As a player he has plenty of title winning experience, including three Premier League title wins. He will forever be an Arsenal legend and they could do with a player like him today.